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The Case for Grandma

Though it was greeted with open arms by critics and even grew into a decently wide theatrical release, Grandma has been curiously absent from most of the awards conversation this season in favor of movies with more politically neutral…

The Case for Brooklyn by Tomris Laffly

by Tomris Laffly What an unpredictable awards season this continues to be. The race, as the current roster of strong contenders stands, is rich with some foreseen and some late-blooming ensembles like Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton,…

The Case for Sicario

A month ago, in the first awards announcement of the season, the National Board of Review named Sicario one of the Top 10 Films of 2015. Then the NBR went a step further. They singled out Sicario with a special citation, the Spotlight…

The Case for Carol

The last time a movie about two women in love took the critics by storm it was Blue is the Warmest Color, a film that was so good it didn’t even need its graphic sex scenes to generate interest. In fact, those scenes risked cheapening a…

The Case for 99 Homes

It's 2010 and we open in the bathroom of a modest, suburban home. Reflected in the mirror is a leg hanging over the bathtub's edge and blood splattered on the wall. A camera pan gives us a brief, but shocking glimpse of a dead man's body…

The Case for Inside Out

No 2015 movie pleased the critics and enchanted audiences while embracing creativity and tugging on heart strings as successfully as Pixar’s Inside Out. As Scott Mendleson pointed out in his Top Ten list, the power Inside Out harnessed at…

The Case for Joy

After Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, David O. Russell continues his productive cinematic partnership with Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, and their latest collaboration strays from convention and expectation. Russell’s take on the…

The Case for Tangerine

There are so many films about women this year that voters actually have choices. Old women, young women, women in love, gay women, suffragettes. But the odd thing about it, though? They're all white. The door is open but only to one color.…